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Whatever Happened to Little Albert?

Harris, Benjamin (1979) Whatever Happened to Little Albert?. American Psychologist 34:pp. 151-160.

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John B. Watson and Rosalie Rayner's 1920 conditioning of the infant Albert B. is a well known piece of social science folklore. Using published sources, this article reviews the study's actual procedures and its relationship to Watson's career and work. The article also presents a history of psychologists' accounts of the Albert study, focusing on the study's distortion by Watson himself, general textbook authors, behavior therapists, and most recently, a prominent learning theorist. The author proposes possible causes for these distortions and analyzes the Albert study as an example of myth making in the history of psychology.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:behaviorism; Watson, John B.; Little Albert; emotion, conditioning;
Subjects:Psychology > Behaviorism
Psychology > Experimental
Chronology > 20th Century
History > Historiography
History > General
Geography > North America
ID Code:198
Deposited By:Green, Christopher D.
Deposited On:17 November 2003